6th SJIM-Albers International Business Plan Competition

An international business plan competition on “Developing a financially sustainable and technologically feasible and scalable business that will create urban green spaces in our cities” was organized by jointly by St. Joseph’s Institute of Management and the Albers School of Business and Economics, Seattle University, USA on April 1st, 2023.

Starting from last November, students atSt. Joseph’s Institute of Management (SJIM, India), St. Joseph’s College (SJC, India), St. Joseph’s College of Commerce (SJCC, India), Albers School of Business and Economics (Seattle University, USA),College of Science and Engineering (Seattle University, USA), Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan), and ITESO (Mexico) have been collaborating in virtual teams. Together, they harnessed the different countries’ technical and social expertise towards solving this serious problem.

Two finalist teams were shortlisted by a GlobalPanel of judges including PelleLutken(Denmark; Policy Specialist on Governance and Peacebuilding with the UNDP or United Nations Development Program) and Steve William Azeumo(Cameroon; Founder of PRESDIE, member of the African Center for Competitive Intelligence, and Country Coordinator for EoC-IIN).

The finals for this competition was held on 1stApril 2023 on a virtual (online) platform. The finalist teams presented their b-plans to a three-member panel of judges from USA consisting ofHaresh Ved (Managing Partner, Cronus Ventures), Kyle Vixie (Chief of Staff, Quixotic Labs), and Randy Massengale (President, Spinoza Technology).Thefinalist teams also fielded a set of challenging questions from the jury.

The team comprising of Becky Merin George (SJIM, India), K Bhoomika (SJIM, India) and Nguyen Cam (Albers, USA) were the winners of this competition, while the team comprising of Kanhaiya Jee (SJIM, India) and Pranab Sen (SJIM, India) were the runners-up.